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Filed in: personal, Tue, May 25 2004 05:53 PT

Jay McCarthy, a friend of mine and the owner of one of my favorite blogs, makeoutcity (worksafe, really), reports that his house burned down yesterday after being struck by lightning. He lost almost everything. His story is detailed, and intense, and at the same time, disillusioned and reflective.

Having your house burn in front of you is a very strange experience. It has only been a few hours and I’m not sure how I feel about it. I certainly do not approve of it, but my level of disappointment as not yet been ascertained. This is likely to be a combination of it not yet really setting in that yes, your room is in fact gone, yes all your stuff with it. But now I don’t actually know that do I? I am merely guessing this.

Jay, if there’s anything I can do, let me know. (Lisa Williams has set up a PayPal account for Jay.)

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